Official recovery efforts called off, volunteers continue search
Since Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 2:48 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Bloomington Fire Department, have conducted recovery efforts for a presumed drowning victim in the Mississippi River at Wyalusing Beach. The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Virginia Ann Aberle, of Chicago, Ill.
After four days of recovery efforts, the difficult decision was made to call the search off, Sheriff Nate Dreckman said.
The sheriff’s office is grateful for the many volunteers who spent countless hours searching for Virginia in the Mississippi. Each day of the recovery, there were 10 to 15 boats and jet skis on the water with over 40 volunteers.